“I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of Fan boy voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.”
Simon Pegg fan boys around the world will be gnashing teeth and pulling hair out over the news that Sony has dropped The Boys project. Pegg was the inspiration for the character Hughie, who is thrust into the violent world of The Boys after his girlfriend is killed during a superhero fight. Below is the panel where Hugie is still holding his girlfriends hands just after the fight . . .
Sony studios was developing the adaptation of the violent and edgy comic book from writer Garth Ennis and artist Darick Robertson, The Boys, but has put the project into turnaround. “Turnaround” is Hollywood speak for putting the project into a burlap bag and throwing it into the river.
The Boys comic book is an interesting look at the world of superheroes. It follows the adventures of a CIA squad, known informally as “the boys,” whose job is to keep watch on the proliferation and actions of superheroes and, if necessary, intimidate or eliminate them.
Writing duo Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay, as well as Seth Rogen, had worked on the screenplay since the project was first set up in 2009. Producers Neal H. Moritz of Original Film and Kickstart’s Jason Netter will now shop the project around town, hoping to attach the project to another studio.
Will the project get picked up? It currently has a PG-13 rating as written which will surprise many of the fans expecting a violent dark R rated movie to mirror the comic books themes. Simon Pegg might be too old to accept the role of Hugie if it takes much longer to get started, although Pegg would make a great “The Legend” (Old man who knows all about the heros and comics) if it takes as long as this NerdBastard thinks it will to get the project back on track and into theaters.